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there is any excuse for it. >> defense secretary gates endorses the petraeus warning about the risk to u.s. forces as does general odierno. >> i'm worried it will turn into violence against our troops in iraq, afghanistan, and other places as well. >> and the man at the center of the hateful exercise -- >> we have no intention of counseling. >> the counterballots, the memphis congregation which has loaned its church to worshipers building an islamic center, literally next door. our special guests in their first joint interview, pastor steve stone and center chairman dr. bashar shallah. presidential punch. >> if we're going to give tax breaks to companies they should go to companies that create jobs here in america, not that create jobs overseas. that's one difference between the republican vision and the democratic vision. that's what this election is all about. >> all politics is local. also, a lot of stupidity is local. a would-be republican congressman from ohio insists, hands off states civil rights. >> we need to get the federal government out of the way and allow our local government
of the u.s. government, the pastor here says he is not backing down. on the anniversary of september 11, he plans to take the islamic holy book and burn it. burn the koran. pastor terry jones says he has more than 200 coran and he claims a message from god to pile them up and burn them saturday. >> it is by no means a stunt. we have thought this out. we have prayed this through. we believe that this type of message is right now very, very necessary in america before it's too late. >> reporter: the church's associate pastor -- >> it's a smith & wesson .40 caliber. >> reporter: says he's now armed after hundreds of e-mails flooded the church's in box. messages like, swear by almighty god, i will slay the church pastor terry jones in front of the church door. the center sits outside a cow pasture in gainesville, florida. the congregation here numbers less than 50. while this afternoon their leader said he is undeterred -- >> we have no intention of cancelling. >> reporter: -- pastor jones admits he's never read the koran but takes no responsibility if burning it leads to an attack on a u.s. so
the shark. the man who wrote the notorious sitcom in u.s. history, or episode i should say, defends what he did with the fawns. maybe she's right. the show starts right now. well, apparently the president thinks if we keep printing money we don't have, ignore the ongoing extraction that's plaguing our country, eventually the economy will turn around. forget fixing the system that keeps all the capital with the select few who gamble it or incentivize those with capital to take it out of the country? why would you do that? call it free trade. the president's latest proposal, i should say, a spending tree of $50 on new infrastructure spending. now that we don't need the infrastructure, it's interesting to spend the money we don't have while you leave a giant hole in the bucket seeping out of the country. the president's plan to rebuild 150,000 miles of roads, 4,000 miles of rail line. critics lining up calling the president's plan an ineffective one that will plunge us further into debt. of course, the republicans no more ready to address our real problems, just happy to take the job of screwi
.m. eastern. >> that's going to do it for us. see you back here tomorrow. cnn newsroom with kyra phillips starts right now. good morning. >> good morning. thanks so much. good morning, everyone. big news over the next couple of hours, the president's speech to the u.n. and republicans' pledge to undo the first two years in office. in '94 they had a contract with america. they'll have a pledge with america. >>> a man visits a wife's grave for nearly five years and learns it's been empty the whole time. another victim of arlington national cemetery. >>> and the international space station makes contact to the outer reaches of pittsburgh, texas. let me tell you what. there's one ham radio guy that's pretty excited. i'm kyra phillips. you are live in the "cnn newsroom." >>> mega church pastor eddie long has 25,000 church members but today all of the attention is on just a few of his former followers. a third man has come forward accusing bishop long of coercing him into sexual relationships. all three men said that they were teenages when long lavished them with gifts and initiating sexual en
now very, very necessary in america before it's too late. >> msnbc's rachel maddow joining us this hour to discuss this and more. >>> new questions about the president's timetable and strategy for afghanistan. >>> in a league of his own, nfl star goes back to his childhood home to help one of the poorest countries in the world. it is a story you have to see to believe. >>> good day, i'm andrea mitchell live in new york today. the pastor of a tiny church in florida could be in sighting a holy war against the islamic world if he sticks to his plan to burn korans on 9/11. >> i am definitely a radical but not in that sense. i am not promoting the changing of the constitution. i am not promoting the killing of çpeople. i am radical in the sense that i believe the bible to be the word of god. i believe jesus christ is the only way to salvation, to forgiveness. >> a short time ago a 9/11 families group issued a statement calling jones' plan unacceptable and, quote, abhorrent" and an as a result to victims of 9/11 and the many brave individuals who have risen in the defense of our n
: they haven't called yet. jenna: you've got to get on that. thank you for joining us everybody. jon: "america live" starts right now. megyn: we are learning about a new possible federal policy change, yet another one on illegal immigration. one that looks like it asks police officers to give some illegal immigrants a free pass. that's where we begin "america live." hi, everybody i'm megyn kelly. megyn: this has been an evolving thing we've been watching closely. here is how the latest policy change would work. if police pulled someone over for a traffic stop and discovered they are in the country illega illegally the poe would be forced to let that person go without calling federal agents, unless that individual is already a convicted felon. critics, not surprisingly, are already blasting the proposal. trace gallagher has the details live from our west coast newsroom. trace, here we go again. >> reporter: hey, megyn, the reason the critics are blasting this proposal is because if it is in fact adopted it would amount to a catch and release program. just so we all know what we are talking abou
was overseas. he wanted to be in the united states to do it. now, the name that he is use, cordoba house he explains in his "new york times" op-ed, it was inspired by the city in spain where muslims, christians and jews coexisted in the middle ages during a period of great cultural enrichment created by muslims. and, of course, there is nothing in this entire discussion that is free of controversy, even that statement is challenged by some people to say things weren't as good in cordoba, spain in the 1500s and 1400s, as this imam would have you believe. but you're going to hear it from him, himself, tonight on "larry king live." soledad o'brien will be interviewing him for the first time on television tonight. deborah feyerick, as well, has been following this story with great detail. if we want to know more about who this man is, how and why he got to the center of this controversy, you can hear it best from deborah. listen to this. >> reporter: you have never heard him speak. this is what imam abdul rauf has to say. >> the major theme in islam is the oneness of god. and that we should wor
for joining us, democrats like congress woman betty sutton are unleashing attack ads against the republicans ahead of the election. >> deceptive practices, two f's from the better business bureau, over 160 complaints in just three years. >> is that father game or should they focus on the issue and not personalize, we'll debate that. >> and speaker nancy pelosi blaming the plush backgrounds. shouldn't democrats stop pointing at the last eight years and start taking responsibility? >> a town council says the lord's prayer before every meeting and now the a.c.l.u. is suing calling it unconstitutional, should they continue to pray or did this he cross the line. we report you decide. >> chas from maryland, he does not work here. >> fox viewers say, are you sure he doesn't work here. >> no. >> dave is off and so is meteorologist rick, but we have "fox & friends" with aly, clayton and mike jerrick. >> that worked. >> it's "fox & friends." >> chas has tried that before, tried to rhyme jerrick. >> it's hard. >>, but the word sick always gets in there somehow. >> it's prep. >> it's true. >> jerrick an
it's time for chuck and savannah. >>> hot stir, flamed fanner. iran's president blames us for 9/11 and the u.s. delegation heads for the exits. it's iranian president feeling the pressure today. >>> prescription for trouble. the government warns some of the most abused pills could be in your home. but says maybe you shouldn't just throw them out. >>> and sex, lies, and baseball. the fate of the los angeles dodgers could be decided today in divorce court. good morning. it's friday, september 24th, 2010. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i have to say dodgers thing is a thing i am most focused on as a dodger fan. i'm chuck todd. start in new york where iranian president ahmadinejad claimed that parts of the u.s. government somehow orchestrated the 9/11 attacks. watch. >> translator: some segments within the u.s. government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining american economy and it scripts on the middle east in order to save the zionist regime. >> that prompted the american delegation to walk out, and then the british delegation and several from the european union. of course,
claims iran may be financing attacks by the taliban against u.s. interests in afghanistan. according to the sunday times in london, taliban militants are getting paid thousands to carry out these attacks. nbc's tom aspell is in kabul with the latest. tom with a good day to you, what can you tell us? >> well, the british sunday times says one of its reporters has met with a taliban treasurer from wardak province west of kabul who makes regular trips into kabul to go to five iranian construction companies which then give him cash to carry back to the shadowed governor of wardak province, who distributes the money to taliban fighters. they each get paid about $200 a month and are given a bonus of a thousand dollars if they kill an american and $6,000 if they destroy an armored vehicle belonging to the americans. now the "sunday times" says these companies have been in existence about six months, take money from foreign donors, for reconstruction projects, send the profits back to tehran by the banking system and return some of the money to kabul to be distributed to the taliban treasure
about most, the u.s. economy. he again accused republicans of standing in the way. >> we don't have time for anymore games. i understand there's an election coming up. but the american people didn't send us here to just think about our jobs, they sent us here to think about theirs. they sent us here to think about their lives and their children's lives and to be responsible. and to be serious about the challenges we face as a nation. that's what members of both parties have now done with this small business jobs bill. and i hope we can work together to do the same thing on middle class tax relief in the weeks to come. >> let's bring in our white house correspondent dan lothian. dan, the president, he came out, very forceful, saying, yes, there may be a deal on some tax breaks for businesses, small businesses, but there's a big battle brewing over tax rates overall for the american public? >> that's right, this is nothing new that we heard today in that sense because over the past couple of weeks, this is what the white house has been pushing very hard on and they have been going after re
stated, there is no doubt that iran has weapons of mass destruction and that he is planning on using them against our friends, are allies, and against us. >> they are controlled by a murderous tyrant who has already used chemical weapons to kill thousands of people. >> suddam hussein has and used mass destruction weapons against america. that, of course, has turned out to be bull puck key as well. press secretary said this. make no mistake, as i said earlier, we have high confidence that they have weapons of mass destruction. that is what this war was about and is about. no it isn't and no it wasn't ever. even the bush administration was forced to concede reluctantly that there were not weapons of mass destruction where upon the president decided to make it into a joke. >> no weapons over there. maybe under here. >> that was just as hilarious at the time as it still is today, with more than 4,400 american lives to bolster the belly laughs. ultimately, none of the things our government, at the time, told us were the reasons we had to start a war in iraq were true. opponents of the war said
, with all the republicans' talk about wanting to shrink the deficit, they would have us borrow 700 billion dollars, over the next 10 years, to give a tax cut of about $100,000 each, to folks who are already millionaires. let me be clear to mr. boehner and everybody else, we should not hold middle class tax cuts hostage any longer. [ applause ] >> greta: while the president gears up for battle with the he knows the democrats could get a november thumping. >> if the election is a referendum on are people satisfied about the economy as it currently is? we are not going to do well. because i think everybody feels like this economy needs to do better than it has been doing. >> greta: fox business network reporter ashley webster. >> in reference to what the president said about whether it is a referendum on the economy is the business world looking at whether or not it is instead a referendum on him and his policies? >> absolutely. we've got nothing new from the pre. here we are we've already spent 862 billion dollars on stimulus and i'm still waiting for the return on that money. today another
be moved? the pastor joins us with his take. >>> coming home. iran agrees to release one of the american hikers, now facing a serious cancer scare. what it means for the other two hikers still hoping to come home. >>> and music superstars take broadway. the stars of u2 sput their spin on "spider-man." one of the most-anticipated musicals ever. we'll talk to bono and the edge and get a look at the show everyone is talking about. >>> and good morning, everyone. george, i just can't imagine, just as families were sitting down to dinner, that explosion hit in that suburb, about 6:30. and police say a gas line erupted into a massive fireball that shot 1,000 feet into the air. leaving a giant crater smackdab in the middle of the neighborhood. >> eyewitnesss a quarter-mile away say they felt it. and residents in the neighborhood, said there had been concerned about the gas for some time. >>> but there's a lot of confusion and frustration this morning about what is going on with that florida pastor who had threatened to burn the koran tomorrow on the anniversary of 9/11. had a dramatic press con
politics anymore. that does it for us tonight. meanwhile, there is lots to add to the show at maddowblog.msnbc.com. >>> no boehner. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews up in new york. leading off tonight, beating up on boehner. president obama and the democrats are facing a possible massacre come november 2nd, so today the president finally did what so many of us have been begging him to do. he went on offense. he gave a name and a face to the republican "just say no" obstructionism. wannabe speaker john boehner. he called out boehner and the gop for doing nothing but root for failure. he reminded us what makes democrats different than republicans. in short, he reminded us why we elected him in the first place.ç this is the kind of performance by the president we're going to see apparently every day from the democrats if they are going to stay into power. >>> plus, secretary of state hillary clinton, general petraeus and even the vatican are now calling on pastor terri jones to abandon his plan to burn korans on september 11th, but the florida pasto
their paths will keep them away from the eastern u.s. but bermuda will probably be in the sights of igor and most likely julia will not affect anything but can't rule out the eastern coast being affected by igor. more a little bit later. >> a lot to watch. >>> let's get a check of some of the other morning's top stories. ann curry is at the news desk. >> in the news over the weekend, indications that iran's on again/off again release of american hiker sarah shourd is on again. sunday iran's judiciary said she can be released on $500,000 bail after being held more than a year. stephanie gosk is following developments. where do things stand? >> reporter: right now shourd is still in custody. herawyer says they're twatding for the $500,000 bail to be cleared and then she wil be released. under the conditions of bail, she's allowed to leave iran but her trial on charges of esonage is going forward along with the trial of the two other u.s. hikers who were arrested with her in 2009. over the weekend u.s. offials said they were cautiously optimistic that showered would be rereleased but intern
to be back here. the three of us together haven't been here for how long. a long time, right? >> i know. later in the show, your son starts kindergarten. >> he did start. >> did he go through with it? sometimes you can say you know what? mom, i'm not ready. >> he's very much ready for it. that's good news. let's talk about what's going on today. president obama unveiling the latest part of his economic pitch. today it's going to happen in cleveland. it's expected to include tax cuts for businesses but not for the wealthy people of america. julie kirtz live for us in d.c. of what we can expect in the speech. good morning. >> good morning. president obama will not only lay out tax breaks and infrastructure spending to try to in the words of administration officials give the economy an upfront kick, he'll take aim at republicans today. he'll be in cleveland for another campaign style event like he was in milwaukee on monday. senior administration officials say mr. obama will focus today's speech on what they call the diversion paths the two parties are proposing this fall for the economy.
people, the american people will want to work with us to come to grips with these challenges that face our country. it's about having that adult conversation an honest, open way, that will help get us the answers to lay out the plan that will solve this problem once and for all. >> congressman bill cassidy is a physician and a republican from louisiana who was a key member of today's roll out. congressman, as you know going into this republicans thought it wasn't a good idea to do this. i didn't hear specifics from john boehner. e read through the pledge. can you tell us how specifically you are going to cut spending? how republicans are going to make these changes? i didn't see them in there. >> one thing we can say about the reform, the congressional budget office says that will save $54 billion over ten years. that is a specific we would implement without having an immediate impact. >> where are the changes in entitlement programs? are the mentions of the cost of war in afghanistan and iraq? >> let me start with the entitlement programs. the day after the president signed the health
. >> the swiss who have been negotiating for her release, but there's no confirmation yet from the u.s. government which, of course, is not represented here. it's frankly a confusing day because there are reports that she was being released. we heard at first, but then there was paperwork to be done. there are reports, richard, that money was paid. >> we have just had a statement from the mother of sarah shourd, she said i hoped and prayed for this moment for 410 days and i cannot wait to wrap sarah in my arms. she goes on to say i can only imagine how bitter sweet her freedom is for her leaving shane and josh behind. she was hiking with josh fattal and shane bauer near the iraq/iran border. they remain in custody. ali arouzi is there right now. do you know what is in store for josh and shane? >> we got a report from the judiciary that their custody will be extended by two months. that may seem ominous, but that's the first time the authorities put a time frame on their jail time. they never said how long they will keep them for. they never formally charged them. today the chief prosec
allegations of a u.s. conspiracy behind the 9/11 attacks. >>> if you take avandia to control diabetes, you may have to find other options. dr. sanjay gupta on the drug's link to heart problems and the fda's new restrictions. >>> and the republican eager to went house speakers a job, he insist it is not rocket science to cut taxes and cut spending. we will press john bainer on the new promises his party is making to voters st. a cnn exclusive. i'm wolf blitzer. you are "the situation room." >>> the iranian president hold trying to form, unleashing fiery attacks at the he united states and radical allegation. mahmoud ahmadinejad took his turn at the podium over it united nations general assembly just a little while ago. he cited allegations that the united states had some involvement in planning the 9/11 attacks, prompting delegates at the and several other western nations to simply walk out. u.s. officials are calling ahmadinejad's remarks, and i'm quoting now, abhorrent and delusional. here is a taste of what he said. >> translator: in identifying who is responsible behind the 9/11 attacks the
resourcefulness and faith.ad no matter what had been thrown at us, we would emerge stronger because of it. otng i've seen in the nine years since suggests to me that i was wrong. >> jon: that is a >> good morning evnderyone, it's sunday, september 12th, we start with a fox news alert. iran ha vin another chae of heart. their state tv reporting they're now willing to free american hiker sarah shourd ice. we have a live report on all of this in moments. >> and do democrats think their leadership is a liability? the latest strategy ahead of the november elections making it a choice between them or the g.o.p. and ignoring t white house. >> and hurricane igorr igor, depending where you live now the fourth of the season and getting stronger this morning, we're tracking igor, storm, igor in our extme weather center. rick will have that news for you. our slogan from rust in florida. are you looking for morng news, spanning east to west. you've got to catch, aaly, clayton, dave, they're the i best. >> it's "fox & friends." >> don't stir the pot. >> the coetition, russ versus chas for the s
. >> anyone who does care about childhood obesity should join us for the bipartisan next thursday in washington. >> that's on the ball. >> mika? >> i'm going to be there. >> thank you. >> have a great weekend. what time is it? >> "morning joe." "the daily rundown" starts now. >>> this is a recruitful bonanza for al qaeda. >> the pressure building. the president weighs in on that florida pastor's plan to burn the koran. >>> 54 days before the critical midterm elections. why's the chairman of the republican party in guam? >>> get this. football great tom brady involved in what's described as a serious car accident in boston this morning. >>> it's thursday, september 9th, 2010. i'm chuck todd. savannah guthrie is on assignment. brady's accident occurred hours ago. but first, let's get to the rundown. >>> president obama came out swinging in cleveland defending the presidency and ramping up criticism of the man who would be speaker and potentially his chief adder is vary john boehner. athna jones on duty for us at the white house this morning. so, trying to find somebody to run agains
shourd is released after being held for more than a year. reza sayah will join us from pakistan shortly to tell us more about the release and cost $500,000 to get her bail paid. >>> also happening right now, a multi-state manhunt for this doctor, a phoenix area pediatrician suspected of distributing child porn. the fbi says that the dr. luna may have fled from arizona to texas, california illinois or mexico. all places he has called home some point. last week, the doctor under house arrest and required to wear an angle monitoring bracelet but officers say he just cut it off and bolted. keep in mind this is a man whose jobs is to care for our sick, vulnerable kids. and he's charged with five counts of distributing child pornography in interstate commerce. these neighbors, some children were treated at the suspect's office. >> i don't know why anyone would want to indulge in child pornography. i think it's horrible. >> reporter: doctor luna's arrest shocked parents and neighbors. he is accused of sharing thousands of files of child porn online. >> if in fact he did do it, he should never
. thanks for joining us. >> apparently i stole an irish phrase when i said top of the morning. >> how dare she steal top of the morning? i should give you the rights to say that. thank you, you have the right to say it. >> i should come up with a swedish phrase. >> for today call me patio furniture. that will be my nickname. >> how do we say fox news alert in irish? we have to begin with the headlines and fox news alert. u.s. and iraqi forces confirming that four suspected terrorists escaped from a prison in baghdad. all four men with ties to al-qaida were facing the death penalty. uh-oh! they're being held in the u.s.-controlled portion of tar kwu e prison, only one still under u.s. military control look at this video out of texas. those are cars peeking out of the floodwater. the remnants of tropical storm hermine, hermine, ok, being blamed for two deaths, unfortunately, there and forcing more than 100 high water rescues and some great video out of oklahoma where at least three tornadoes were reported. power lines knocked down because of the heavy winds and the rain there. four people a
. what did you learn? >> i learned that we have his bat for the cure. and it is good to have you with us. i learned that next thursday we are recruiting people on the show. i got ed rendell, the axelrods, the bipartisan health challenge on the mall. we'll get people moving. we can agree on that, right, joe? >> byob, bring your own big bat. >> it is time for "the daily rundown". >>> the white house shakeup. if rahm runs for chicago mayor, who gets his job? >>> small church, big controversy. the attorney general calls the planned koran burning idiotic and dangerous, but the florida church's pastor remains defiant. >>> and surrender dorothy. the bedbugs have invaded kansas. savannah, they are everywhere now. it is wednesday, september 8th, 2010. i'm chuck todd. >> good morning, i'm savannah guthrie. they are mostly in new york where you are right now, just saying. we are about 55 days until election day. we'll get right to the rundown. we are going to start with the president who is taking a new sales pitch on the economy on the road today to cleveland. three new ideas and a line in the san
today, largely because it's not very useful. the white house released the president's speech yesterday so everybody could get their head around it and read it in advance. president obama doesn't always stick to the script, but we have a general sense what he'll say. as we wait for the president to begin we're going to tell you about some of the focus points of his speech. now, joining us to talk about it, we've got good people here who know a lot about education. first of all, our cnn education contributor steve perry on the left of the screen in hartford, connecticut. with me here no new york, tony mullen, teaches at-risk students. here with me. he was the 2009 teacher of the year. national teacher of the year. cnn suzanne malveaux is with the president in philadelphia and senior correspondent ed henry at the white house. let me start with steve. steve, what's your sense of what the president is going to say and what value this is going to bring to students and, of course, not just the students across the country who will hear him but their parents and teachers, more importantly? >> w
next to us and then ours was third to go. >> the area is very steep and rugged. it could take several days to get that fire under control. illegal immigrants who cannot get into the u.s. by land coming by sea? authorities just arrested 20 mexicans at san clemente state beach in originange county, california. one woman broke her leg jumping from the boat. meanwhile, the daredevil known as skyscraper man is at it again. dan goodwin climbed up the 58-story millennium tower using suction cups. >> crazy. >> some residents even toasted his climb as they watched him through the windows of their luxury apartments? it's great entertainment really. he was arrested after he reached the top. he calls himself spider dan appropriately raising awareness of the vulnerability of skyscrapers to terror attacks. > >> thing is you get tired of waiting for the elevators with suction cups and then at the last minute will come down. >> meanwhile, president obama detailing his latest idea to jump-start the economy and create jobs with a $50 billion infrastructure spending free and tomorrow the president will
hospitable to us but it was very clear there was a difference in theology. there was a very clear difference between what we believed and the oppressive theology that the church is known for. >> pastor ted, do you -- has there been a -- do you think this pastor was particularly homophobic? >> well, the times i met him i didn't get that indication. but i do think it's important that churches be able to embrace the type of theology that they believe in and be able to communicate it with clarity. when a church embraces a certain theological slant, people join with that, that's why we have freedom of religion. >> pastor troy? >> anderson, with all due respect, i agree we have the right to believe what we believe but it is absolutely hypocritical if you're going to stand in any pulpit across this country and preach against homosexuality when you have homosexual tendencies. the gospel of jesus christ hinges on truth. i'm a preacher and a same-gender loving man and as a requirement i cannot preach and not walk in truth around my sexuality. cannot do it. >> what about that? you weren't one of the le
million. and the surprising detail, the deficit is down. the treasury department reports the u.s. is on track to record a $1.3 trillion deficit for the first fiscal year of president obama's presidency. 8% lower. that is 8% lower despite the stimulus spending than the 2009 deficit which included the last months of the bush presidency and reflected economic policy signed into law by the end of 2008 by president bush. house republican leader john boehner wants to inkraes that $7deficit by $700 billion bye extending those bush tax cuts on income over a quarter million. but with bob , schieffer, he ev admitted 99% of small businesses will see no benefit from the cut and that 3% of what he calls small businesses make hatch the money. > in a joint committee on taxation which is a nonpartisan body, says that only 3% of the small business people you keep talking aboutll the small business people that are going to get taxed, only 3% would be affected by that, or do you quarrel with that figure? is that a right figure or a wrong figure? >> well, it may be 3% but it's half of small business
in a news conference but first his spokesman meets us. robert gibbs joins us live. >>> deal or no deal? is this koran burning on or off and does it hinge on the mosque going forward? >>> and a massive explosion over the night in a california suburb. residents running for their lives and it is still burning at this hour. good morning. it is friday, september 10th, 2010. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm chuck todd. live here at the white house, 53rd day before the midterm elections. apologies for the construction noise. that's those guys' fault. let's start with the president's news conference. gets under way two hours from now in the east room of the white house. >> this is president obama's news conference. he's expected to make a big announcement, replacing christina romer. >> that is not the news of the day but it's all over the place. perhaps a question or two about the pastor, about the issue of islam-ophobia and taken hold and we have the midterm elections, debate of tax cuts and the economy. so, there's a lot that the president has to deal with. i think what will be fascinating to se
goodness it's fox. thanks for joining us. we got three complete hours of newscasting that starts now. >> yeah, during rehearsal, it went well. hopefully it will go just as well during the live show. >> all right. breaking news overnight because this is happening in virginia. a woman has been executed for the first time in almost 100 years. theresa lewis was convicted in 2003 of plotting the murder of her husband and stepson. she apparently wanted their insurance money. she died by lethal injection. lewis' final words were for her stepdaughter. >> miss lewis did make a last statement. she said i just want kathy to know i love her. and i'm very sorry. >> protesters were outside the prison arguing that lewis was treated unfairly, apparently he was very close to the i.q. line where you're not supposed to get executed. police trying to figure out who killed a nicaraguan diplomat in his apartment in the bronx here in new york. he was found on the floor. his throat had been slashed. this just hours before he was scheduled to attend the u.n. general assembly. witnesses say there was a figh
and we want to get jobs in america. >> it sounded to us yesterday like there was a willingness by the -- by congressman boehner to go to the president's position of keeping middle class tax relief inplace. >> all right. that's what happened over the weekend. msnbc political analyst richard wolffe joins us from the white house north lawn. when we hear this, sounds like it's couched in a quiet way by john boehner. is this really a signal for compromise? a lot of folks asking that. >> reporter: well, that's a great question. it's campaign season, okay? so there was some signaling of compromise, boehner has said that, in fact, he is just trying to take a talking point away from the white house. there's all of this positioning going on. the point is he's trying to make himself look reasonable to the electorate, and in doing so he has just undermined what has been actually a very effective republican strategy for the last two years or so, which is so oppose t obama white house on significant measures, on big measures like tax cuts, and fiscal policy in tgeneral. ey are trying to say
with no because i'm not. if god told us to do it, then i guess he could tell us to do something different. >> this morning, general ray ordeearno also expressed his concern of american troops if this burning takes place. >> i think there will be some backlash and i think we have seen some already. >> kerry sanders is in florida. this church, if it tries to burn the koran, it would be violating an ordinance, right? >> yes. the city has an ordinance, not related to burning of korans, but just burning anything in your yard. they have a field here and the ordinance is rather specific. it allows, for instance, kids to go camping and have a little camp fire in their yard. but, it has to be twigs and branches. the city police department says that they have interpreted the ordinance that if they were to burn the books that the ink in the koran would be a hazardous material and, so, what they're planning to do is if they decide to come out here and burn the koran as they say they're going to do on the anniversary of 9 /11 the gainesville fire department will be on alert. if they try to spark it, t
in washinon? mr. president, time for greatness. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "countdown" with keith olbermann starts right now. "counterdown with keith olbermann" starts right now. >> which of these stories will you be talking about. general petraeus urges a church to reconsider. let's burn korans to show them how much better we are than they are. >> we have made up our minds but we are definitely praying about i want. >> even rumors it might take place sparked demonstrations including one in kabul yesterday 37 why aren't the right wing politicians listening to him and echoing his concern? the silence of the republicans. silver lining among registered voters. the generic house seat, republicans 47, democrats 45. the task for the dems how to inspire registered voters to become likely veeters 37 amid reports of a rahm emanuel run for a mayor of chicago and a new chief of staff in the white house, the president steps it up. >> if i said the sky is blue, they'd say no. if i said fish live in the say, they'd say no. they just think it's better to score political p
at meetings. he was criticized after 9/11 for saying u.s. supported repressive regimes was partly responsible for the attacks. maintained his remarks on "60 minutes" had been taken out of context. rauf supports israel's right to exist but says as a bridge builder he can't condemn radical palestinian group hamas as terrorists. as for the islamic center near ground zero, he says that, too, is about bridges. >> this is also hour expression of the 99.9% of muslims all over the world, including americans, who have condemned and continue to condemn terrorism. this is about our stand as the muslim community, part of this community. >> reporter: right now this moderate muslim cleric finds him self at the eye of a storm. >> imam feisal abdul rauf will answer more questions tonight at 9:00 eastern on layer lay. rauf will talk with soledad o'brien. you won't see it anywhere else. that's tonight at 9:00 eastern. >>> later today, president obama rolls out massive new tax cuts aimed at jump starting the anemic economy at $350 billion. the price tag is staggering and earning comparisons to the stimulus pack
to keep them away from the eastern u.s., but bermuda will probably be in the sites of igor and most likely julia won't affect anything. we can't rule out the eastern coast being affected by igor. we'll have more a little bit later. >> a lot to watch. thanks, al. >>> let's check some of the morning's other top stories. ann curry is at the news desk. good morning, ann. >> good morning, everybody. in the news over the weekend indications that the on again, off again iran release of american hiker sarah shourd is on again. on sunday the judiciary said she can be released on $500,000 bail after being held for more than a year. we're following developments this morning. where do things stand? >> reporter: good morning, ann. right now sarah shourd is still in custody. her lawyer says they are waiting for the $500,000 bail to be cleared and then he expects she will be released. now, under the conditions of bail, she is allowed to leave iran but her trial on charges of espionage is going forward. along with the trial of the two other u.s. hikers arrested with her in 2009. over the weekend u.s. offi
caught in this situation, that the immediate threat, this is the way it appears to us based on the facts we have, that the immediate threat to the people who work inside johns hopkins nelson building, that threat is now not a problem. so clint, we're keeping our eye on the situation. we'll keep our viewers up to date if we get more information that makes it seem like it's an ongoing problem there. thank you for your help, as well. >> okay, contessa. >>> the fight in congress over your money is now reaching fevered pitch. democrats and republicans have put up their dukes over middle-class tax cuts. and both sides are using that as ammunition for election day. the president called on congress once again to extend a tax cut for the middle class. but republicans want to extend the bush tax cuts for everyone. including the super wealthy. >> that this is not the time to increase taxes on anyone. >> vice president biden says the white house won't back down on this fight, either. biden says the tax money won't matter to people making millions of dollars. but for the middle-class, it could mean t
>> it sounded to us yesterday like a willingness by congressman boehner to go to the president's position of keeping middle class tax relief in play. >> they're pressuring but president obama says then' very wealthy n't need it. still the president and democrats are keeping the pressure on the gop trying to highlight the damage they say republicans have done to the economy. this is a new ad from the democratic national committee. >> tax cuts for thbusinesses. those that ship jobs and profits oversees saving multinational corporations $10 billion so to china and india and mexico, boehner has a message. you're welcome. >> maybe movement on middle class tax cuts is enough to turn the tide. the president certainly needs li it. political watchers point to dec many americans think the president is out of touch with the problems of real people. one word to describe the president, most answered disappointing. msnbc political analyst richard wolf joins me now from the whit house. the president made this point of blaming the republicans last week of getting in the way of middle class tax
for that news conference to begin. jim, if you would, give us a sense of the scene at this hour? >> reporter: sure, here at the command center for the fire, people are apprehensive for the weather today. yesterday a firefighters called it a gift, cool and humid. today, not so lucky. dry and a real chance winds could pick up later this afternoon. they are trying to make progress and try to contain it before it happens. several subdivisions opening to areas evacuated but not burned. the real heart of the fire, people not allowed back. people are restless but authorities don't want anybody up there until they feel it's safe. >> any word on the unaccounted for and how they will search for them? >> reporter: searching is difficult because people evacuated from the canyons, staying with friends and families, staying in hotels and around the evacuated area. they are optimistic that nobody has actually been hurt and people have gone off with family and haven't checked in but it's going to be difficult. these houses that have burned, it's just the foundation that's left. >> give us a heads up when th
. he didn't use a word bullying but it was a message about that conduct. saying when your friends are doing well, don't be jealous of them, be proud of them. watch what they're doing and maybe you can learn something, too. so it's those kinds of sentiments we heard from the president today. should mention the president has been pushing hard on education reforms. his race to the top initiative, a competition for schools for federal funding that makes certain reforms. there's an election here in washington, d.c. today that a lot of people will be watching closely. mayor adrian fenty in a tough re-election battle. a lot of observers in local politics thinks he may not prevail. he hired the chancellor of washington schools. somebody the president and education secretary appointed to as somebody who is good on the issues of reform. we'll see if mayor fenty and michelle reid keep their jobs after today. >> savannah guthrie live at the white house. thank you. >>> an update on american sarah shourd. she's out of the iranian prison and speaking now for the very first time. >> i want to rea
, what his spokesman said and a host of things. certainly, it sounded tohe us yesterday like there was a willingness by the -- by congressman boehner to go to the president's position of keeping middle class taxelief in play. >> richard wolffe an nbc news political analyst, he joins me live from the white house. you've got this narrative now that john boehner may have stolen the show, if you will, when it comes to the argument that the republicans trying to protect the wealthy and not looking out for the middle class. what are you hearing. >>> >> reporter: the white house thinks there is room for greel or attack. either john boehner opens the do to a possible dpreem agreeme the middle class tax cuts or the move the republicans ar just playing politics. it'sot very personal. both men hve taken to twiter, gibbs and boehner taken to twitter to air criticism mz. we so show the twitter feeds. robert gibbs, the press secretary, has id, don't forget this handy clip and save the graphic of the k street cabinet april black and white photo doesn'tdo the tan justice, a reference "the ne
us later this hour and talk exactly about that and explain what taxing the rich really means. and you may be surprised about how that all works out. and just to go on a point you were making yesterday, ryan, i think the biggest story about all these tax cuts is the pressure that president obama and his administration is going to feel from other democrats, not republicans. >> it's there. >> from democrats because now you have four senators who want to increase the tax cuts for the wealthy, for everyone and at least a dozen house democrats. so, you know, will that continue to grow as they move forward and want to be re-elected in november? that's what i think will be the biggest. >> for example, senator ben nelson says i think we should extend the bush tax cuts. senator michael bennett of colorado, same thing. joe lieberman, evan bahn, ken conrad, among the house members, bobby bright of alabama, jim heinz of connecticut. jerry connolly of virginia. gary peters of ohio so the president today will tee off on john boehner and he's going to tee off on republicans. these guys and these wome
lie to me. >> that's a hard thing to put together. we're used to dealing in objective facts. how do you get the facts from a guy, pastor jones who won't even say who this man is who he talked to? who is this man who may have tricked him? >> i take it was is the imam from central florida, muhammad musry he was meeting with. but i asked him, like who were you on the phone with? no names. look, doesn't it fit in many ways the way much of this has played out in terms of i had a very long interview with pastor jones and tried to get to some very specifics with him why he wanted to burn the koran. what specifically was in the koran that was most offensive to him. and he hadn't even read the koran. he basically admitted maybe he had looked at a page but primary what he said was there's no mention of jesus christ in the koran as the savior. anybody who understands religions understands that would not be in there in the same way it's not in the tora. i said are you going to start burning the tora, he said no. a lot of this has been very confusing in terms of why he said he was doing this and
approaching, president obama is using campaign style event to offer economic compromise his aides doubt republicans will accept. >> we understand what season we have entered in washington. we know congress won't be here for a lot of time. >> what he began monday in milwaukee will continue in cleveland. he laid out billions of dollars in tax break and infrastructure spending that he predicts the republicans may oppose to score political points. if the proposals fail, he says, the winners would be the special interest he's opposed. >> they talk about me like a dog. [ applause ] that is not in my prepared remarks. >> the proposal include permanent extension of the research and development tax credit and year of tax free capital investment to encourage new business construction and equipment purchases and provide jobs for hard-hit manufacturering and construction workers. house minority leader john boehner say they're not bad proposals but they miss the big picture. excessive spending and uncertainty that the policy, including the massive tax hike they have planned for january 1 is creating
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, right now at red lobster. >>> developing now -- iran says it's ready to release a female u.s. hiker held for more than a year. is there a catch again? >>> new word on that massive fire near san francisco today. officials are now changing the number of those dead and missing. >>> single class families. >> the middle class mantra, president obama plans another week pushing the economy. a report on a new message from the white house. >>> cashing in the sexy spy trying to make money in a new way. plus -- ♪ >> why the commercial jingle is making a comeback. we'll get to that. meantime good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. welcome to "msnbc sunday." it's 10:00 on the east coast, 7:00 out west. sharp words from a top white house adviser thismorning as both parties stake out their positions on the economy. on "meet the press" this morning, david axelrod blasted republican calls to extend the bush era tax cuts and taking on one republican by name. >> the man who would be speaker has said about what he wants to do about the economy, he says he wants to restore those tax cuts for companies that
here's to the owners showing us the way. [trumpet playing "reveille" fades to silence] >>> break news. iran says it is ready to release a female u.s. hiker held for more than a year, but is there catch guahen. >>> new word on that massive fire near san francisco today. officials are now changing the number of those ad and missing. >> middle class families, middle class families. >> you got that in the middle class mantra. president obama plans another week pushing the economy. a report on the new message from the white house. >>> cashing in that sexy russian spy is back in the headlines. now it appears she is trying to make money in a new way. and good morning to all of you. welcome to msnbc sunday. breaking news out of iran this morning. officials now say they will release an american hiker held in that will country for more than a year. sarah shourd has been one of three detained since last year. her iranian lawyers say she could be released in the next two or three days, a major abo face for iran. she is one of three american hikers accused of spying. shane baueand josh fattal
in his church. does it make use feel helpless? angry? >> well, it is frustrating. now, on the other hand, we are a government of laws. and so, we have to abide by those laws. and my understanding is that he can be cited for public burning. but that's the extent of the laws that we have available to us. part of this country's history is people doing destructive or offensive, harmful things. and yet, we still have to make sure that we're following the laws. and that's part of what i love about this country. >> you can see how sobering this is. >> sure. >> to the president. we've had general petraeus, hillary clinton, the president, all speaking out, trying to stop this. and you pointed out earlier, sarah palin, weighing in, as well. >> as often as has been said, just because you have the right to do something, doesn't mean you should do it. and the fbi is concerned about this. >>> let's bring in pierre thomas. he's been talking to the fbi overnight about this. >> reporter: you can add fbi officials to those who think the proposed burning of korans this weekend is provocative and potentiall
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